Trump steps up attacks on Pelosi for opposing border wall funds

Trump steps up attacks on Pelosi for opposing border wall funds

"It's being built, some of it's already been completed, in San Diego, if you look, it's been completed", Trump said.

"We spent a fortune on building this incredible base".

"Democrats have put forward strong, smart and effective border security solutions in the bipartisan conference committee, while the president still refuses to take a second shutdown off the table", Hammill said.

Democrat and Republican lawmakers have warned that declaring a national emergency would face legal challenges, and would not result in the hasty release of funds for the wall. "And this really is an invasion of our country by human traffickers".

Pelosi held firm on her stance for no border wall funding and, after the longest shutdown in American history, Trump caved and reopened the government for three weeks while negotiations on border security funding continue. "She doesn't mind human trafficking or she wouldn't do this because you know ..."

"I've been to the border, and I know a crisis when I see it", Marshall proclaimed.

In response, Drew Hammill, a Pelosi spokesman, said in a statement on Friday night that "President Trump's recklessness didn't make us safer, it undermined our security with 35 days of border patrol agents, DEA agents, Federal Bureau of Investigation agents and Homeland Security personnel missing paychecks".

The shutdown began when Trump demanded $5.7 billion for his border wall and Democrats refused to offer more than $1.3 billion for border security. I happen to think it's very bad politics because basically, she wants open borders. All I want to do is be able to watch.

Construction of the wall - and Mexico paying for it - was Trump's favorite 2016 campaign pledge during his successful run for the White House, but he now is calling for congressional approval of wall construction money.

Trump will also address foreign policy issues during his speech, including the United States trade war with China, the situation in Venezuela and the ending of U.S. involvement in conflicts overseas, the administration official said.

Trump said he wants to keep the USA military base in Iraq rather than pull troops out like in Syria and Afghanistan "because I want to be able to watch Iran".

"Look, whether we should have been there in the first place, that's first question", Trump said. "It's perfectly situated for looking at all over different parts of the troubled Middle East rather than pulling up", the commander in chief said.

Trump also indicated he would remove all US troops from Afghanistan if a peace pact can be finalized with the Taliban.

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